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rebuild

[ree-bild] /riˈbɪld/
verb (used with object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
1.
to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts:
to rebuild an old car.
2.
to replace, restrengthen, or reinforce:
to rebuild an army.
3.
to revise, reshape, or reorganize:
to rebuild a shattered career.
verb (used without object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
4.
to build again or afresh:
With the insurance money we can rebuild.
Origin of rebuild
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; re- + build
Related forms
rebuildable, adjective
rebuildability, noun
rebuilder, noun
unrebuilt, adjective
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  • He began to rebuild the palace and ordered that the rubbish be removed from the temples.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • We will rebuild the Chateau d'Hautecoeur, and we will pass the rest of our lives there.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • In the land where he had no name he might yet rebuild his fortunes.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The first task was to rebuild the huts and move into them from their ships.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • She played the girl, until he could rebuild his fortress and hide his soul from the world.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for rebuild

rebuild

/riːˈbɪld/
verb -builds, -building, -built
1.
to make, construct, or form again: the cost of rebuilding the house
2.
(transitive) to restore (a system or situation) to a previous condition: his struggle to rebuild his life
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Word Origin and History for rebuild
v.

c.1600 (implied in rebuilding), from re- "back, again" + build (v.). Related: Rebuilt.

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